Friday, 3 August 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
Thursday, 19 July 2012
SHE's the one who's often overlooked when the conversation turns to notable ex-pupils of CH Hertford: Margaret Gowing (Elliott, 4's 32-38), historian of British atomic energy and Oxford's first-ever Professor of the History of Science. For the full story see her Independent obituary (1992) and Wikipedia entry. (Her husband was also an Old Blue, Donald Gowing (LaA 32-39), Secretary to the Musicians' Benevolent Fund).
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
The result? Bewilderment (see sidebar for details).
But the writing was on the wall when an article in the last Blue surveyed Old Blues in the musical world, ranging from Frankmusik to Attila the Stockbroker, and didn't say a word about Mr Cruz.
And in the wake of that, a well-established member of the CH staff who wishes to remain anonymous but has given me permission to quote him has stated bluntly in writing:
He is not an old Blue. A member of my family works with him and can verify that!Gentlemen, roll up that map, don your black armbands and turn down the gas in the hall. The dream is over.
Monday, 16 July 2012
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Friday, 13 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Mary came to a wider audience via the CH-set reality show Rock School in 2005. Bancroft's is where Dr Peter Southern (Headmaster 96-07) was head before moving to CH.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
2012 is the centenary year of the painter and diarist Keith Vaughan (PeA 21-29), the most renowned visual artist yet produced by CH.
Frustratingly, this blog has come back to life too late to bang the drum for the two main exhibitions marking the centenary, both of which have already closed. Keith Vaughan: Romanticism to Abstraction was staged at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, and reviewed at length in the Independent on Sunday, the Financial Times, the The Independent, the Spectator, the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. Overlapping with it, Agnew's Gallery in London mounted a commercial exhibition of fifty of Vaughan's works, thirty-five of which are shown here.
There have also been commemorative lectures at the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair and the Royal Watercolour Society, and two new books about the man have appeared, Keith Vaughan by Philip Vann & Gerard Hastings and Drawing to a Close: The Final Journals of Keith Vaughan by Gerald Hastings. Joining them in September should be Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils 1946-1977 by Anthony Hepworth & Ian Massey. Also of interest is the catalogue (again by Gerard Hastings) from last autumn's exhibition of Keith Vaughan's Gouaches, Drawings & Prints at Osborne Samuel, which can be pored over page-by-page here.
And there's at least one more exhibition to come, albeit seemingly a small one: at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, from September through December.
(The title of this post alludes to the war poet Keith Douglas (LaA, MidB 31-38) whose fame has outstripped Vaughan's in recent decades.)
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
Sunday, 8 July 2012
"DEAR Sir, As a world-famous eighteenth-century composer I find it extremely galling when Ilin-Dime Dimovski (MaA, GrE 00-01) grabs hold of the prelude from my Cello Suite No 1 in G Major, transposes it into A Major and bashes it out on his double bass without so much as a by-your-leave. I hope that as a responsible webmaster you will take all possible steps to ensure that no such video is embedded on your website. Yours faithfully, Johann Sebastian Bach (Mrs)." Er, yes, well… (3 mins):